2022 Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

NASIG has opened the application cycle for its 2022 awards for the 37th Annual Conference.

A list of all past award winners is available here.

Please note that the international travel awards have not been offered in the past few years due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Most of the applications will require only the Google form along with a CV. The Fritz Schwartz Scholarship and the Capstone awards have different requirements, so please read the eligibility and submission information carefully.

Applications will open on December 1st and they will be due March 1, 2022 . Expect to hear back from the committee in early April.

2022 APPLICATION

Professional/Paraprofessional Awards

Student Awards

Birdie MacLennan Award

Purpose of the Award

To advance the profession by providing mid-career information professionals with the opportunity to share their understanding and accelerate their knowledge of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management) by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain; including librarians, vendors, publishers, and other non-traditional serialists.

What is Received

  • Conference registration
  • One year's free membership in NASIG
  • Invitation to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award

Named in Honor of

Birdie MacLennan is remembered in a professional capacity as the founding Listowner & Moderator for SERIALST, the unique forum for discussion of serials in libraries since October 1990.  As the guiding hand behind this resource, Birdie shaped the landscape for serials management throughout the crucial internet era; a time when the most change occurred in the field since the founding of the first scholarly journals in the 17th Century. She gave generously of her time and experience with colleagues near and far, and was full of humor and good spirit.  Throughout her career she was a friend and fan of the NASIG organization, volunteering in many roles.  NASIG benefited immeasurably from the life of Birdie MacLennan, one of the foremost librarians of her generation.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to qualified NASIG members.
  • Applicants must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
  • Applicants must have served in this position or an equivalent leadership role for a minimum of five years at the time of the application deadline.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated excellence in the core serials competencies, and have contributed to the profession through innovation and/or mentoring.
2022 APPLICATION

    Capstone Award

    A $1500 award to recognize a professional who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management. 

    Purpose of the Award

    To recognize an individual who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management). Candidates may be librarians, vendors, publishers, or non-traditional serialists whose professional interests align with NASIG’s mission. Such contributions may include: recruiting and educating the next generation of professionals, mentoring new professionals, service and/or leadership in NASIG and other professional organizations, notable research or professional dialogue in areas of particular interest to NASIG, participation in committees and groups that advance innovation in the field.

    What is Received

    • $1500 cash award
    • One year's free membership in NASIG

    Eligibility

    • This award is open to qualified NASIG members with at least 15 years of professional experience
    • Nominees must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher
    • Preference will be given to nominees who have demonstrated excellence and collegiality throughout their professional careers and have a strong reputation of innovation, scholarship, leadership, and/or mentoring

    How to Apply or Nominate

    • Submit the Capstone Application
    • Email a resume or CV (details in application)
    • Email 1 other letter of support (details in application)

    Post-Award Requirement

    Following the conference, the award winner will be interviewed for an article to appear in the NASIG Newsletter, or, if they prefer, may contribute an article reflecting on their professional experiences.

    Equity and Inclusion Award (formerly the Diversity and Inclusion Award)

    Purpose of the Award

    The purpose of this award is to further the NASIG mission to increase the diversity of its membership and provide financial support to attend the NASIG annual conference. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented group in the NASIG community.

    What is Received

    • Conference registration
    • One year's free membership in NASIG
    • Invitation to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award

    Eligibility

    • Applicant must be members of an underrepresented group in the NASIG community (i.e. African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American/Alaskan Native, members of the LGBTQ+ community or individuals with disabilities).
    • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
    • Applicants must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
    • Applicants must have served in this position for no more than three years at the time of the application deadline and must not have been in a professional library or library-related position (e.g. book vendor, publisher) for more than five years at the time of the application deadline.
    • Applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
    • Applicants do not have to be a member of NASIG.
    • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include professional growth and development in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publishing after earning the graduate library degree.

    2022 APPLICATION

      First-Timer Award

      Purpose of the Award

      To provide an information resources management professional or paraprofessional who has not yet attended a NASIG Annual Conference with the opportunity to attend and accelerate their knowledge and understanding of the management of information resources by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain.

      What is Received

      • Conference registration
      • One year's free membership in NASIG

      Eligibility

      • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
      • Applicants must currently be in a position with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
      • In addition, applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
      • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include growth and development in information resources management, such as serials and e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, or collections management.

      2022 APPLICATION

      Dan Tonkery Horizon Award

      Purpose of the Award

      To advance the profession by providing promising new information professionals with the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge and understanding of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain, including librarians, vendors, publishers, and all non-traditional serialists.

      What is Received

      • Conference registration
      • One year's free membership in NASIG
      • Invitation to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award

      Named in Honor of

      Thomas Daniel Tonkery was a dedicated member of the NASIG community and served as President in 1999/2000. During his distinguished career, he worked as a librarian within the federal government, at academic libraries, and for various for-profit vendors in the information provider sector. Dan was seen as a mover and shaker in the LIS world before such awards existed. He was known for his vast network of colleagues throughout the academic information supply chain. He took pride in his dedication of mentoring early and mid-career information professionals and librarians.

      Eligibility

      • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
      • Applicants must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
      • Applicants must have served in this position for no more than three years at the time of the application deadline and must not have been in a professional library or library-related position (e.g. book vendor, publisher) for more than five years at the time of the application deadline.
      • Applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
      • Applicants do not have to be a member of NASIG.
      • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include professional growth and development in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, or agent.

      2022 APPLICATION

      John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award

        Purpose of the Award

        NASIG and UKSG seek applicants for a joint venture to allow a member of each group to attend the conference of their sister organization. The purpose of this conference-swap is for people working at a practical level in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher to learn and share experiences at the UKSG Annual Conference or the NASIG Annual Conference.

        What is Received

        • $3000 travel stipend
        • One year's free membership in NASIG

        Named in Honor of

        This award is named in honor of John Merriman in recognition of John's work in starting both the UKSG and NASIG.

        Eligibility

        • The award is open to members of NASIG or UKSG, with one recipient being chosen from each organization.
        • Applicants must be in a position within a Library or Information Service, where they have direct responsibility for information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher, or direct contact with library users supporting them in the use of information resources.
        • English is the designated language.
        • Current Board members and Officers of NASIG and UKSG are not eligible.

        About UKSG and NASIG

        UKSG, set up in 1978, exists to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on the process of scholarly communication. Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.

        NOT OFFERED IN 2022

        Marcia Tuttle Award 

        Purpose of the Award

        A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the information supply chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education through activities involving some aspect of information resources management such as, but not limited to: research, collaborative projects, job exchanges, and presentation of papers at conferences. A Ph.D. is not required.

        What is Received

        • $3000 grant
        • One-year free NASIG membership

        Named in Honor of

        The grant is named in honor of Marcia Tuttle.  Marcia Tuttle’s career was characterized by her energetic activism on behalf of library-publisher communication and fair serials pricing, and for her dedication to educating and mentoring.

        Eligibility

        Applicants may fall into one of two categories:

        They may be information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science in North American countries (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland) seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of serials taking place outside North American countries

        Or

        They may be information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science outside North American countries seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of information resource management in North American countries.

        ·        Applicants must have at least one year of professional experience in the information supply chain

        ·        Proposed projects must deal with some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher and include foreign travel

        ·        Foreign or English language skills should be adequate to project needs

        NOT OFFERED IN 2022

        Paraprofessional Specialist Award

          Purpose of the Award

          To provide a promising paraprofessional with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain.

          What is Received

          • Conference registration
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • Applicants must currently be in a position of a paraprofessional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
          • Applicants must not be in a professional library or library-related position (e.g., vendor, publisher) at the time of the application deadline.
          • In addition, applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
          • Applicants do not have to be a member of NASIG.
          • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include growth and development in information resources management, such as serials and e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, or scholarly communications.

          2022 APPLICATION

          Rose Robischon Scholarship

          Purpose of the Award

          To provide an information resources professional lacking funds for professional travel the ability to afford attendance at the Annual Conference.

          What is Received

          • Conference registration
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Named in Honor of

          The scholarship is named in honor of Rose Robischon. During her two decades of active service in NASIG, Rose served as member and chair of several NASIG committees and held the elected position of treasurer from 2005 to 2007. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Rose's many contributions to the library profession and to honor her energy, warmth, and humor.

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • Applicants must be a current NASIG member holding a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of  information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
          • While there are no eligibility requirements with respect to numbers of years of experience, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended a NASIG Annual Conference and who can demonstrate that they will significantly benefit from doing so.

          2022 APPLICATION

          John Riddick Student Grant

          Purpose of the Award

          To encourage participation in the information supply chain by students who are interested in pursuing some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher upon completion of their professional degrees.

          What is Received

          • Conference registration
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Named in Honor of

          Student grants are named in honor of John F. Riddick, co-founder and first elected president of NASIG in 1986. The idea for student grants came from John, and they were first awarded in 1988. 

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to qualified students residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • Students who are currently enrolled in a Master's, Doctorate, or Specialist degree program in Library and/or Information Studies, and who have expressed an interest in some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher, are eligible.
          • Applicants must be full- or part-time students at the time of application. In order to accept an award, a recipient must not be employed in a position requiring an ALA-accredited degree, or on leave from such a position, at the time of acceptance of the grant.
          • Equal consideration will be given to all qualified applicants, with preference given to those earning their degrees the year of the conference.
          • Students do not have to be NASIG members to apply, and they must not have earned their degrees earlier than the end of the school year prior to the NASIG conference.
          • Applicants must not have attended a previous NASIG conference, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.

          2022 APPLICATION

          Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship

          Purpose of the Award

          Fritz Schwartz

          To advance the profession by providing an aspiring library student who has prior experience with managing information resources the opportunity to enhance their educational opportunities.

          What is Received

          • Conference registration
          • $3,000 scholarship
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Named in Honor of

          The scholarship is named in honor of Fritz Schwartz, who was a well-known and highly respected authority on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the Internet, and library standards. A frequent speaker at NASIG annual conferences, his last NASIG appearance was to conduct a highly rated workshop at the 10th Conference at Duke University. He actively participated in the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the International Committee on EDI for Serials (ICEDIS). At the time of his death, Fritz was Manager of Electronic Services and Standards at the Faxon Company. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Fritz's many contributions to the library profession and to honor his energy, warmth, humor, and passion for standards.

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to qualified students residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • At the time the scholarship is awarded, the applicant must be entering an ALA-accredited graduate library program (or Mexican equivalent) or must have completed no more than twelve hours of academic requirements towards the graduate degree at the time of application.
          • The applicant must have experience managing information resources and a desire to pursue a professional career in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher after earning the graduate library degree.

          Additional requirements

          The Fritz Schwartz Scholarship also requires a copy of the applicant's current Library/Information Science Graduate transcript or proof of admission if enrollment begins in the upcoming Fall semester. This item may be sent in paper form if necessary. (Note: A sealed, official transcript will be required from the winner before the awarding of the scholarship funds can occur. If the winner has yet to complete any Library/Information Science Graduate coursework at the time that scholarship funds are awarded, a sealed, official transcript may be requested after the first semester of coursework has been completed.)

          2022 APPLICATION

            Mexican Student Grant

            Purpose of the Award

            This grant serves as assistance to a student, enrolled in a Library Science or Information Science degree, in Mexico, who wants to learn and develop professionally in the area of serial publications.

            What is Received

            • All costs to attend the conference including registration, hotel, travel visa, and flight

            Eligibility and Other Information

            More detail can be found on the Mexican Student Grant page.

            NOT OFFERED IN 2022

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